Hannah Joyce Photography


time for the two of you | new orleans wedding photographer | hannah joyce photography


While weddings are filled with excitement, fun, family, and friends, they can also be a little hectic and crazy for the couple getting married that day. My ultimate goal while photographing weddings is to make the day as easy and care free as possible. I take the time with all of my couples to sit down several times before the wedding date to go over every detail so that the day of, all you have to do is enjoy your day with your family and friends. It can be a lot to think about and plan beforehand, but in the end you will be so glad to have it all planned out.


One of the most special and important parts of the day to plan for is the time you and your partner get to take 20-30 min away from all the celebrating to have some time for just the two of you. This is the time to take a breather, sip on some champagne, and truly enjoy each other. This is by far my favorite part of the day to photograph because it is always so incredibly intimate.

When couples choose to take this moment before the ceremony aka a “first look”, they are seeing each other all decked out for the first time and there is all kinds of excitement and joy with anticipation for the ceremony and the day to follow. When this is done after the ceremony, it is the very first time the couple is spending together after saying I do. It is an emotional, raw, and beautiful moment and I am always honored that I am there to capture it.


While all of the photos you will receive from your wedding day are important and special, I believe that these photos are the ones you will want to go back and look at time and time again. That is why it is so important to plan out time for this part of the day.

I have worked with a lot of couples that want these photos taken, but have not thought about setting aside time for them to happen and totally regret it later. Also, without fail, things happen on your wedding day. Plain and simple. Someone runs late, hair and make up are not finished on time, the father of the bride is missing ;) etc. This is why I stress a timeline that is put together beforehand and also insist that you have someone to enforce that timeline. If you do not have a wedding coordinator that is with you before you get to your venue (most people do not and that is totally fine) this is the time to call on your most nit-picky, timely, OCD, over organized friend. Someone that will lay down the law and make sure everything can go as much to plan as possible. When you don’t have this, parts of your day will get away and most of the time, the time for just the two of you is what slips through the cracks and we can’t have that!!

All of this being said, at the end of the day, your wedding day is for the two of you. It is the day that you are committing yourselves to one another, so you and your partner should be the top priority. I will do everything in my power to make sure that that remains the rule of the day :)